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Top 5 Children-Friendly Hotels in Kent

6 December 2022

Kent is a family holiday hotspot favourite with its stately homes, miles of stunning coastline and rolling lush hills. So, pop along to any of these cherry-picked hotels for a comfy base as you explore…


DoubleTree by Hilton, Dartford Bridge

With DoubleTree, the fastest growing Hilton brand, you know you’re going to be in for a comfortable stay. The warm cookies at check-in will turn those car journey frowns upside down. Enjoy the 4-star luxury, with modern and spacious rooms with air conditioning and 24-hour room service (your new best friend.)

If you’re staying in to enjoy the facilities, the hotel offers afternoon tea, or head to the pool for some family splash time. And if you’re feeling hungry, the QE2 restaurant offers international cuisine and views of the Queen Elizabeth Bridge on the River Thames.

If you’re going out, it’s a fifteen-minute drive to Bluewater and Lakeside shopping centres.

Book via the DoubleTree website to ensure everyone has access to free Wi-Fi.

Dutch Barge Hotel, Sandwich

A charming boat hotel located on the River Sandwich could be the alternative holiday you’ve been looking for, though probably more suited to older children.

The boat is fitted with all the mod cons, TV and Wi-Fi. A double bed, bunk beds and sofa bed ensure the whole family will have a place to rest (or nap – it’s holiday time!)

Moored next to a medieval bridge, the local area offers canoeing, cycling, hiking, fishing and plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby. Relax on the boat’s sun terrace or head into Canterbury city centre.


The Queen Phillipa, Queenborough

A warm welcome awaits you at the Queen Philippa, a hotel with a family run vibe. The rooms are clean and spacious and offer a wet room shower experience. Choose a garden room, close to the terrace, to enjoy your evening meal and a beautiful sunset.

The train station is 2 minutes away, so travelling further afield is easy. The area is drenched in natural beauty with two country parks, Barton’s Point and Milton Creek. Or for something educational, head over to the Kent Science Park or the Minster Gatehouse Museum.


The Dog & Bear Hotel, Lenham

A short drive from Harrietsham train station, The Dog & Bear Hotel is a quaint hotel, offering oodles of charm.

Originally built in 1602, the hotel is situated right in the heart of Lenham village square. They offer a cosy fireside, fresh rooms with four-poster beds and a great local pub menu. All in all, a wonderful atmosphere.

With easy access to or from London and Folkestone, it’s the perfect place to stop and relax. Dogs are welcome but no bears allowed.

The Judd Folly Hotel, Faversham

A fabulous venue, set within its own grounds, The Judd Folly is everything you need for a family getaway.

The rooms are well decorated, with some having been converted from an old stable, and others from the old 1960s motel that was attached. These have become little quirky chalets the kids (and big kids) will love to stay in.

The traditional bar and restaurant caters to all fancies. Relax, devour and enjoy beautiful views over the Swale Valley or visit nearby Howletts Zoo for a fun day out. 

With myriad options, Kent is the ideal place for child-friendly hotels. So, what are you waiting for? Get booking that holiday leave now!

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